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Many Texas women getting more invasive breast biopsy

UPI, May 21, 2013

Too many women in Texas get an invasive surgical breast biopsy instead of the recommended non-invasive fine needle biopsy, a U.S. researcher says. Dr. Taylor Riall, associate professor of surgery at UTMB, and a lead investigator for the study said many women in Texas with an abnormality on a routine mammogram or a lump in a breast end up having a surgical biopsy to find out whether the breast abnormality is malignant. The investigators performed an analysis of Texas Medicare data from 2000 to 2008 of more than 87,000 breast biopsies. The study, published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, found only 40 percent of the women studied ended up having breast malignancies. Thousands of women in Texas had surgery just to find out they did not have cancer, Riall said. The news also appears in Medical News Today and the Galveston County Daily News.




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